Honors students posing in a studio

Honors College

Expand Your Intellectual Horizons

The University of Delaware Honors College provides opportunities for academically talented and motivated students to take advantage of the resources of a major research institution while maintaining the feel and attention of a much smaller university. 


As a UD Honors College student, you will be leading class discussions, conducting innovative research, writing papers worthy of publication and tackling some of the most challenging topics in your major and beyond. 

The Many Benefits of the UD Honors College


University-wide, open to all majors

Small honors courses

 Freshman living-learning community 

✓ Close connections with faculty

 Opportunity for research funding 

 Register first for classes

Residential peer mentors

Honors advisement for complex combinations of majors and degrees

 Engaged honors alumni network


Make it Official

Once you're admitted to the UD Honors College, share your accomplishment by tagging us on social media. Use the hashtag #UDHonorsBound and tag us @UDAdmissions @UDHonorsProgram on Twitter or @udelaware on Instagram. 


Next Steps

In order to join the UD Honors College, complete the following:

Step 1: Accept your spot in the Class of 2024 at the University of Delaware by submitting your deposit on your My Blue Hen Home student portal. 

Step 2: Also on your student portal, accept your offer to the UD Honors College.

Opportunities to Connect with the Honors College

Take the opportunity to learn more about the University of Delaware Honors College. Learn firsthand from current honors students about their  research, their travel experiences and their enriching experiences within the honors community during your on-campus visit or virtual session.

Apply to the University of Delaware Honors College

The fall 2021 Honors College application is now open. You can apply in your My Blue Hen Home after starting your UD application. 

Two Ways to Apply

Early Action

  • Deadline for UD Admissions and Honors application: November 1
  • Admission decision notification by January 31
  • Honors decision notification by February 15

Regular Admission

  • Deadline for UD Admissions and Honors application: January 15
  • Admission decision notification by mid-March
  • Honors decision notification by April 1


To apply to the UD Honors College, you will be asked to write an essay answering one of the provided prompts. Below are the prompts from the 2021 application. Limit your response to 300 words or less. 

Question 1: How will you contribute to a diverse and inclusive community? What will other Honors students learn from you and what do you hope to learn from others?

Question 2: Reflecting back on the past year and all the challenges that we have faced as a society, what have you learned about yourself and how has that shaped your goals as an Honors student?

Question 3: While a formal education is important, lessons learned outside of the classroom are as well.  What is something you’ve learned outside of school, and how will that impact your Honors education and/or your contributions to our community?

The UD Honors Experience



  • Small, rigorous honors classes with active learning and engagement with the faculty.
  • Challenging curricula.
  • Preparation for competitive graduate programs and supporting students in their pursuit of Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships.
  • Recognition of honors coursework through the general honors award, the honors degree and the honors degree with distinction.





  • Excursions to local labs, businesses and theater and music performances.
  • Study abroad opportunities specifically for honors students.
  • Service learning and volunteer work.
  • Funded research opportunities for all majors.
  • Honors Enrichment Awards to fund internships, research projects and unique student experiences.
  • Alumni connections for discussions, panels, networking and mentorship. 


  • First-year honors housing in Redding Hall. 
  • Residential peer mentors plan events for the honors community and act as an academic resource.
  • Honors community programming: ice cream on the porch, study breaks, day of service, pizza with the prof, and more.
  • Collaboration between UD Honors College students, faculty and staff.
  • Opportunities for honors housing as upperclassmen.


In Brilliant Company


Katie Johnson

Graduating after only four years with both a bachelor's degree in public policy and a master's in public administration (4+1 program), Katie will travel to Iceland and Brussels to complete a doctorate in disability law and policy.


Olivia Powell

A mechanical engineering major, Class of 2019, Olivia traveled to the Philippines to restore wells and to Morocco to examine architecture. She's now off to a Ph.D. program at Columbia University.


Victor Ramirez Delgado

A physics major, Class of 2021, Victor moved from Venezuela passionate about unlocking the secrets of the universe; at UD he's worked in a faculty lab analyzing data from a radio antenna pointed at Jupiter.



Ryan Doyle

As a music major, Class of 2021, and a World Scholar, Ryan spent much of his first two years traveling Europe, inspiring him to compare the linguistic differences of choral conductors from around the world.


Jaina Patel

Graduating this year with a double degree in economics and political science, Jaina believes her excellent writing skills will serve her well when she starts law school at George Washington University.



Ariel Hannum

A biomedical engineering major, Class of 2020, Ariel traveled to the Netherlands to explore how the same devices used for medical diagnostics can be used to examine priceless paintings.


Honors admission decisions are made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have any questions email admissions@udel.edu.